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A Hearing Aid Is an Investment, Treat It That Way

For as sophisticated as they are, hearing aids are also extremely rugged. And they require very little regular maintenance other than new batteries or overnight charges. But getting into the habit of cleaning and maintaining your hearing aid will keep them operating at peak levels and extend their life.

The inside of a human ear canal is not exactly a “clean room.” No matter how neat you are, it’s a mess in there. Of course, there’s earwax to contend with — but moisture is the bigger issue. Your hearing aid is an electronic device and they are not known for liking moisture.

Getting into an end-of-the-day routine — much like brushing teeth or dealing with dentures — is a good goal. It’s especially crucial to give hearing aids the opportunity to thoroughly dry out overnight after a long day doing their duty in your ear.

This will be easier with the right tools. There are kits with brushes and wax picks that will allow you to do a reasonable cleaning of your hearing aid. The accumulation of earwax can have a significantly negative effect on the amplifier.

There are also wire-loop cleaners, magnets for getting hard-to-grab batteries, and air blowers for clearing out debris. Dehumidifiers are also a good option, allowing your hearing aid to spend the night in an environment that will draw out any moisture that’s accumulated during the day.

Whatever you do avoid wipes or rubbing alcohol on cue-tips. Remember, moisture is bad and astringents are even worse.

And it’s good to have the occasional “deep cleaning” performed by your hearing healthcare provider.

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Signia Releases Groundbreaking Nx Line with OVP™

Signia has recently released the Nx line of hearing aids. They feature state-of-the-art computer processing power and full connectivity, putting them on the leading edge of hearing aid technology.

One of the most profound new features is the OVP™ (Own Voice Processing) system. The Nx line has an entirely separate processing unit to handle the longstanding issue of users finding the sound of their own voice — channeled through their hearing aid — to be disorientating. Testing has shown the OVP™ system provides up to 80 percent improvement in users who have had own-voice issues.

Signia’s Ultra HDe2e binaural link is the core of the new system. It provides full-bandwidth audio analysis by scanning the wearer’s own voice through a completely separate input system than the rest of the incoming sound from the surrounding auditory environment. It is mixed in with the rest of the sound output, but its coming from an independent input allows fine-tuning of the user’s own voice at a level not before possible. It is a cutting-edge technology that means a significant increase in performance for many hearing aid users.

That’s not all the Nx line offers. Superior energy efficiency and excellent remote control capabilities with the myControl app are also significant features.

And the myHearing App provides superior product support and the ability to connect directly with hearing aid providers in real time. The latest version even supports video calls. This allows remote face-to-face interactions between the user and a hearing health professional during which adjustments can be made to the user’s hearing aid. The future is now.

What is Tinnitus?

It is estimated that one in ten U.S. adults have experienced “tinnitus” during the past 12 months. These people experience ringing in one or both of their ears when there is no external sound present. Tinnitus is not a disease. It is a symptom of a problem in the auditory system. It most often occurs […]

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Icons of the Baby Boom Generation Deal with Hearing Loss

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That’s a Computer Behind Your Ear

Smart hearing aids are part of the much larger and ever-evolving world of smart products. These include everything from Tesla cars to Medtronic’s Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) device to the Petcube Camera.

These products are distinct not only because of their ability to connect with other devices and exchange data, but also to upload internal monitoring data they collect to the “product cloud” for further analysis.

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Time to Think About Hearing Aids?

When do you need a hearing aid? Well, obviously, when you can’t hear.

But things are never quite that simple. There are some situations — the buildup of earwax, a perforated eardrum, an infection of the inner ear, or other medical conditions — that can result in hearing loss. These may or may not be situations that require a hearing aid.

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Succeeding With Hearing Aids in the Spotlight

A number of famous professionals handle their hearing loss issues and have used hearing aids while in the spotlight — probably without you even knowing it. That they can succeed in an environment where verbal communication is their core activity shows just how seamlessly a hearing aid can be incorporated into someone’s everyday life.

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The Lyric: Invisible and Convenient

The Lyric by Phonak is a virtually invisible hearing aid that delivers cutting-edge sound quality. Positioned deep in the ear canal, it’s not obvious the person using it has a hearing aid. Individual units are inserted and worn for up to 4 months and then replaced when the battery is at the end of its life. A plan covering a specific time period, rather than individual units, is the most common payment method.

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Best New Hearing Aids on the Market in 2017

With the ever-increasing sophistication and size minimization of computer electronics, new hearing aids continue to come on the market that provide not only better hearing experiences, but more options for connecting wirelessly with other electronic devices.

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Hearing Aids for Moderate Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is generally categorized into four distinct levels: mild, moderate, severe, and profound. Which kind of hearing aid is best for moderate hearing loss?

One advantage of dealing with moderate hearing loss is that it allows for smaller, more discreet hearing aids. There are complete-in-canal (CIC), invisible-in-canal (IIC), and receiver-in-canal (RIC) models that can provide enhanced hearing with a minimum of awkward equipment.

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